The Torah goes to such great lengths to demonstrate to us just how important the idea of order is in achieving success in every endeavor. Rabbi Aharon Kotler Zt”l suggests we learn this from the whole way in which our ancestors traveled in the desert. They always moved forward in an extremely regimented fashion, each tribe under its own banner with the same neighbors. Some traveled north, some in the south, some east and some west, in triplets of tribes. It was the antithesis of chaos! Everyone knew where they were meant to be, what they were meant to be doing and how they were meant to be doing it. In other words, there was Seder! Order! Perhaps, suggests Rav Aharon, that despite the totally miraculous existence our ancestors lived in the desert, where their food was taken care of, their water was supplied and even their clothing was provided by Hashem, there was still a need for multiple and detailed instructions of how they should travel. The reason was to teach future generations that being organized and in a structure is a primer for success.
We are so organized in so many areas of our lives. I recently heard in the name of Rabbi Luban that there is however one area in our lives where we often do not have a proper plan and that is for our own personal growth. This needs our thought and this needs our urgent attention. What do we need to put in place for ourselves and our loved ones? What do we need to put in place to nurture our souls? To start we need a Plan! Do you remember the scene from Alice in wonderland?
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Where do you want to get to? It matters for sure!
G d bless!
Rabbi David Shaw